A Butterfly and a Tribute to Glenn Jenks

During fall migration here on Monhegan Island, Maine: a butterfly and a memorial.

By | September 23rd, 2016|Being Outside, Living and Dying, Migration, Monhegan Island|10 Comments

Celebrate Our Future with Nature on September 17

We can save the world. Or at least change it for the better. So let’s honor North Branch Nature Center, which helps save the world and enrich our lives every single day. Join us for one of the year’s great eco-events — a grand, green gala — when we celebrate NBNC’s 20th Anniversary on September 17 starting at 6PM here in Montpelier

By | September 7th, 2016|Being Outside, Events and Announcements|1 Comment

Insects in Vermont Today – Naked in Norway on Wednesday

Tune in at noon today (Tuesday) for insects, and meet me and Ruth Wednesday for wildlife above the Arctic Circle.

By | August 30th, 2016|Birds, Insects|Comments Off on Insects in Vermont Today – Naked in Norway on Wednesday

The Sunflower and the Butterfly: Together They Fall

When you kill a rare sunflower here in Vermont, you may also be killing a rare butterfly.

By | August 24th, 2016|Butterflies, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Conservation|12 Comments

Red Alert: Color and Sex in a Dragonfly

When a male dragonfly changes color — going from yellow to red — it's a scene in a racy drama worthy of Shakespeare or a soap opera. It turns out that sometimes a male might get along better in life by impersonating a female.

By | August 21st, 2016|Dragonflies, Evolution|4 Comments

Pale Beauties

Elegance now flies and blooms in shades of white. During my meanderings so far this month, I've found pale beauty where plants and insects converge.

By | August 9th, 2016|Botany, Butterflies, Insects, Moths|Comments Off on Pale Beauties

“Mothpelier”

National Moth Week (I'm sure you all celebrated) ended Sunday. My celebration included three dozen moth species, a mere fraction of what came visiting my home here in Montpelier, Vermont, presented in full-frontal display here on my web site.

By | August 2nd, 2016|Moths|8 Comments

Crap or Moth?

Droppings from nature.

By | July 23rd, 2016|Birds, Moths|6 Comments

The Week in Flying Things

A state endangered butterfly. A globally vulnerable beetle. And a few common insects, including a lovely moth that resembles a pile of bird crap. So goes the week in flight.

By | July 22nd, 2016|Butterflies, Insects, Tiger Beetles|1 Comment

A Complete Butterfly Life on a Single Day

From a wet meadow here in Vermont, a shocking butterfly bares it all at every stage of life.

By | July 15th, 2016|Butterflies|21 Comments
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